February 15, 2013

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Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth

LG&E and KU present special events throughout April;
Festivities include $2 admission April 21

The Louisville Zoo is throwing a party for the Earth, an extravaganza in April filled with special activities, a regional art contest for students, $2 admission on April 21 and more attractions to delight patrons of all ages.

It’s the annual Party for the Planet sponsored by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. During the week, guests can enjoy zookeeper presentations and animal encounters while every weekend in April will be filled with special activities. Visit louisvillezoo.org for a complete list of Earth month events.

“One day isn’t enough to celebrate the wonders of our planet, so we’re hosting a party the community can enjoy throughout April,” said Laura Douglas, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at LG&E and KU. “And with our history of community partnerships, we’re especially proud to offer Earth month as LG&E and KU celebrate their centennial anniversaries.”

Earth Day Festival

During the Earth Day Festival, April 21, guests can enjoy $2 admission to the Zoo, courtesy of LG&E and KU. Free parking will be available that day as well. Additional activities include zookeeper presentations, animal encounters during the week, special character visits and events every weekend.

New this year is Trashformation: a trash-to-treasure recyclable art contest for students in grades K – 12. This fun contest is open to individual students, groups or class projects. Rules and registration forms are available louisvillezoo.org. Registration deadline is April 1. Winners will be announced at the Earth Day Festival and all entries will be displayed.

LG&E and KU also plan to commemorate the utilities’ Centennial Celebration Tree on April 21 in observance of the utilities’ 100th anniversary year. In the past four years, the Zoo has planted nearly 90 trees through the companies’ Plant for the Planet grant program.

April Party for the Planet Activities


Recycle and Save on Admission

Help protect gorilla habitats! Donate an old cell phone to the Zoo and receive $2 off adult admission in April. Eco-Cell, our cell phone recycling partner, will make a donation to the Zoo’s conservation efforts for every cell phone we receive. Be sure your service has been disconnected and any personal information erased from your phone. For more information, go to www.eco-cell.com

ZooPoopyDoo Compost and Mulch Sale

Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Get your garden ready for spring with our unique high quality ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. Compost is $40 per scoop. Visit louisvillezoo.org for mulch pricing.

Arctic Ambassadors Weekend

Saturday, April 6 — Featuring Tundra and Griswald

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fun will be “unbearable” as Zoo mascots, Tundra and Griswald, make appearances throughout the day in Glacier Run. Staff members from the Zoo`s MetaZoo Education Center will share bear bio-facts and information.


Sunday, April 7 —Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Louisville Water Company

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Explore how Louisville Water Company cleans the water you use every day and how water is used by some of our Zoo animals.


Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 — Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Kentucky Science Center

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jump down the rabbit hole with the Kentucky Science Center! Help us “paint the roses red” in the Queen of Hearts’ garden as we explore how plants use oxygen. Discover the science behind the Caterpillar’s misty shapes through our interactive dry ice experiments. And don’t worry… As the White Rabbit says, we won’t be “late for this very important date,” because we’re investigating the properties of clockwork time.

Saturday, April 13— Eco-Partner Exhibitor, Kentucky Science Center

Check event schedule for performance times

Do you have what it takes to defeat an electricity vampire? With the help of energy superhero Captain Current, we’ll show you how to track down where energy is wasted and learn how to battle these voltage villains.

Wonderland Tea Party for the Planet

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14

Session times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Separate ticket required. Tickets available online only starting March 16.

Don’t be late! The Mad Hatter is visiting the Zoo to host a zany tea party and you’re invited!  Enjoy a snack of cookies, juice and tea. Be sure to bring your camera and meet Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.  Join the Queen of Hearts for a game in her garden, but be careful or it’ll be off with your head!

Creepy, Crawly and Cool

Saturday, April 20 — Featuring Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Eco-Partner Exhibitors:

Kentucky Herp Society

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you like the creepy and crawly, then this is the day for you. Get a hands-on experience with live creepy crawlies and learn from Zookeepers about the many ways these under-appreciated animals contribute to the natural world. Enjoy a photo opportunity with “Lyle Lyle Crocodile.” 


Sunday, April 21

$2 Admission, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., No parking fee

Eco-Partner displays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come celebrate Earth Day at the Louisville Zoo, and enjoy $2 admission courtesy of LG&E and KU. Spend the day learning about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and visit environmental displays located throughout the Zoo featuring some of our eco-partners. Purchase tickets online at louisvillezoo.org. 

Saturday, April 27 — Featuring Larry and Bob from “Veggie Tales”

Eco-Partner Exhibitor: Kentucky Orchid Society

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn some great gardening tips that will make your neighbors green with envy. The Kentucky Orchid Society will have orchids on display and for purchase. Plus, meet the biggest veggies on TV, Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato from “Veggie Tales.”

Sunday, April 28 — Featuring Larry and Bob from “Veggie Tales”, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eco-Partner Exhibitor: Louisville Bat’s Buddy Bat, Noon – 2 p.m.


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).